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When the democrats regained control of the legislature, several of Johan's staff accepted positions in the new Legislature. Because Johan knew me from my earlier assignment in helping him set up his first field office, I was asked to help out until replacement staff were found. I ended up spending 2 years working in his Sacramento office.
That time in Johan's office was very important as Johan was a very strong labor supporter. It was there that I first understood the connection between politics, labor and state service; where I first understood the power of labor or at least how it is perceived. It was also when I first heard Bill Camp's (executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council) name mentioned.
I was already a steward, had attended one of the weekend steward academies. Though the instructors were very knowledgeable, the problem was it didn't put the fire under my feet. Steward training should get people motivated and fired up.
So I was a certified steward but not excited, and I worked in offices with good management so I didn't encounter the issues that usually get people motivated.
DW: So when did you become more involved with the union? When did you first learn about CDU?
my stint at Johan's office, I returned to my former position at the BOE's
call center. At that time, CSEA elections were coming up.
During the Unit 1 fair share fee recission campaign, I worked down at CSEA everyday. This is when I experienced first-hand the interference from Perry Kenny and his gang. I finally understood what Jim and Cathy were referring to when they talked about how the CSD's affairs were hard to administer because of lack of staff support, censoring of communication by Perry Kenny and even simple things such as paying certain bills that the CSEA Controller (under directions from Perry Kenny) would simple refuse to do just because they felt it was "improper". It was a real education in what is going on within CSEA.
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